Dept. of Politics

Tuesday, 2 April 2019 07:42 pm
kaffyr: (Joe Hill)
Lori Lightfoot

According to the Associated Press, the Chicago Tribune, and the Chicago Sun-Times, Lori Lightfoot has overwhelmingly won the election to become Mayor of Chicago. She is only the third African American to hold the position, the second woman, and the first openly gay candidate. She's also the most progressive candidate. 

It would have been a win-win situation as far as our household was concerned; Lightfoot's opponent was Toni Preckwinckle, a black woman who is the first woman president of the Cook County Board, as well as being the head of the Cook County Democratic Party. She had her own progressive history as a Chicago alderman, and although that cred had eroded over the years as she rose in the party heirarchy, it wasn't gone. 

But Lightfoot was our choice, and she has won.

She has inherited a city with huge financial problems, one with a horrendous history of systemic racism that is especially glaring in the way its police department operates (as far as this union maid is concerned, the Fraternal Order of Police is one of the few bad unions.) 

But she knows that. And I think she's willing to put in the work, and she's tough enough to take on some of the bad faith operators. 

Here's the editorial from the Sun-Times when that paper (my old, old paper, and the one I still feel more attuned to than my last employer) endorsed her. It's a beautiful piece of editorial writing, and it therefore puts the case beautifully for Lori Lightfoot. 

This is the first time, since Harold Washington's two mayoral wins back in the 1980s that I've felt this hopeful about my city. Come to think of it, it's one of the few times since November of 2016 that I've felt politically hopeful. (Winning back the House in D.C. this year was only half the battle, so my happiness was definitely measured.)
kaffyr: Fan art of Bleach characters (Bleach Set the World on Fire)
So, Perhaps Some Music?

So there were two days or so of stomach bug, two days or so of unhappy response to the supposed Mueller report findings, a couple of days of BB being hit by various ailments, and all of a sudden, I"m back to ghosting myself. That's particularly sad, given all the interesting questions folks gave me to answer. 

I'll return to posting answers to those questions, possibly tomorrow. Today I'm going to indulge myself with music, specifically the opening tunes to two of my favorite anime titles in the current cour; Dororo and The Promised Neverland. Not only are both series fantastic to watch, but their opening musical pieces rise to the same level as the stories and art in both. 

Dororo

This most recent anime remake of an Osamo Tezuka manga (an original anime was made in 1969 - 50 years ago, which threw me for a loop) tells its fantasy story of Warring States Japan, and a mercilessly ambitious daimyo who sells his firstborn to demons in order to gain power and luck, with beautiful art and a remarkably stately pace punctuated by well-developed action. The music for the first opening captures the story's feel as far as I'm concerned. Queen Bee, the English name for the group that performs the theme has a longer version here, and I've liked their other work.




The Promised Neverland

I may personally like Dororo a hair's breadth more than this elegant marriage of (largely unseen) horror and thoughtful coming of age, but it is only by that hair's breadth - and The Promised Neverland is arguably a slightly better title (I can, in my old age, occasionally differentiate between my personal tastes and the potentially objective reality. The Promised Neverland is never less than fully engrossing; the premise is horrifying, the characters are well-drawn and nearly always heart-breaking. The opening music theme is an infectious forward rush underlaid with ominous basso whispers, and, as in the case with the Dororo theme, perfectly captures the feel of the story. 

 

Dept. of Delight

Thursday, 28 February 2019 08:37 pm
kaffyr: Dancing French cracked geniuses (Sometimes you need to dance)
Our First-Born Is Visiting

Or, to be more specific, he's on the plane from Seattle, winging his way to Chicago for a six-day visit. I was about to say "I can't tell you how excited I am," when I realized that I was doing just that. Damn, I wish I could provide a better phraseology. 

Anyhow, yes, Andy's on his way, and I'm going to cherish every moment with him. 

What a spiritual palate cleanser after watching Cohen's testimony yesterday (or, again, more specifically. the GOP's hysterical attempts to divert attention from Cohen's truths) all day yesterday.

Dept. of w00t!!1!

Friday, 1 February 2019 04:52 pm
kaffyr: (Hurrah!)
Success!!

I'm dead tired, about to watch some anime with my Best Beloved, and enjoy a whisky, so I'll keep it short. 

We have a thawed pipe! We have hot water! Things are ever so much better than they were this time last night!

For $675, they'd better be, mutters the dour, money-watching part of me. But I'm just paying attention to the happy hot-water me right now. 

w00t!!1!
kaffyr: A light-limned portrait of Donna Noble (Luminous Donna)
Much Delayed [community profile] fandom_stocking  Review

Here it is, almost February, and I haven't thanked all the lovely people who filled my stocking this year (and by this year, I mean December-January, says pedantic 
[personal profile] kaffyr .) I loved everything, and was particularly tickled by the icons people made, and the recipes and recipe sites that people provided. 

[personal profile] kingstoken  gave me two lovely icons, one of Thirteen and one of Valkyrie, backed in a shade of my favorite color. 

[personal profile] hopelesse  gifted me with recs for some lovely fanvids. You should go over and check them out!

[personal profile] wendymypooh  must have peeked into my food-loving brain, because she provided me with two candy recipes, and a comfort food recipe for chicken and dumplings. What a gift for cold winter days! Then, to top it off, she wrote me a Farscape fic, which may be the first time someone's written for me in one of my fave fandoms. It was wonderful, and any Farscape fans on my list would enjoy it, I'm sure.

[personal profile] tarlanx , from whose graphics skill I've benefited before, blessed me with a veritable cornucopia of <i>.Sapphire and Steel</i> icons. They're gorgeous.

[personal profile] thisbluespirit  was wonderful, with two gifts; the first was her rec for Kitty Eden's Expressing the Inexpressible, and her link to her own wonderful tumblr lineup of Elements. Then she wrote a beautifully dense, witty, and sweet Sapphire and Steel fic, One Night Stand, for which I can't thank her enough; the story provides wonderful cameos for several Elements, interacting with Silver, my favorite Element. 

[personal profile] highlander_ii  provided me with four different cooking blogs, and I'm already making use of them; Alton Brown's is wonderful fun, and the Budget Bites blog has proven extremely helpful!

[personal profile] liadtbunny  remembered my love of narwhals and found me several absolutely gorgeous pieces of narwhal art, which made me squee.

[personal profile] hamsterwoman  enriched my collection of The Goblin Emperor icons, and since I've dived into that tiny fandom with a great deal of joy (the book is my go-to comfort read), these beauties were most definitely welcomed. 

[personal profile] alexcat  noted my love for the MCU universe, and wrote a delightful bit of Cap/Sharon smut for me. I'm grinning just thinking about it.

[personal profile] falcon_horus  gifted me with a most original stocking stuffer - two online puzzles. I love puzzles, so this was my jam. 

To all of you - thanks from the bottom of my heart! 
[community profile] fandom_stocking  is a favorite time of year for me. both the giving and receiving, and your stocking stuffers gave me great joy. 
kaffyr: Thirteen looks at stars (She looks at the stars)
We Escaped 2018

... and I loved the Dr. Who New Year special. It solidified my feelings about this season; I loved it, for reasons that might run counter to those of other folks. 

I'm heading to bed right now, so I'll have to leave my explanation for another time. But I know what I liked, and I'll do my best to explain in another post. 

kaffyr: Dancing French cracked geniuses (Sometimes you need to dance)
 Retired

And drinking a martini before going to a concert. 

Talk to y'all later.
kaffyr: Fan art of Bleach characters (Bleach Set the World on Fire)
Can I Get An "Amen, Sister!"?

I sure as hell hope so, because this woman is so very, very correct. 

(Except the part where she says she thinks Americans are overly polite. WUT ... you crazy Britons, you ....)

kaffyr: Thirteen looks at stars (She looks at the stars)
"Rosa"

I approached this one with a certain amount of trepidation. It's U.S. history, about America's particular, and particularly virulent, racism (which is not to suggest that there isn't virulent racism of various flavors damned near everywhere, but yes, this is in my wheelhouse, so I was worried that it could have been mishandled.) It's written by Brits. The story could have gone very wrong. It didn't, in my opinion. Comments that follow are both Doylist and Watsonian and are under the cut because, while I tried to keep them fairly spoiler-free and I think I was successful, I don't want to take that for granted.

Possibly spoiler-free, but I'm not sure. )
kaffyr: Two elegant dancers (Dance)
Forty-Eight Hours

You'd think that Bob and I would be relatively dispassionate about Andy's and Em's wedding, since they're handling it themselves, paying for it, organizing it, etc. No such luck. It may be only indirectly ... crazy by osmosis ... but, since Andy's and Em's heads are ready to explode, so are ours. 

That's part of the reason why I haven't been posting. The frenetic pace of the wedding's approach has reminded us that positive stress is still stress. And part of that stress is just the all encompassing nature of this oncoming event. We wake up in the morning thinking about it, and it's the last thing we think about at night. Just imagine how Andy and Em feel ... I think their heads are ready to explode.  

Having one's head filled with nothing but weddingweddingWEDDINGauughh means that my ability to chat about anything was severely straitened. 

My brother Mac has arrived from Canada in advance of the wedding, and it's lovely to have him here. I'm surprised at the ease with which we've conversed thus far. I think Bob's reminder to me not to get too tense around Mac was very helpful. 

OK, that's enough - we leave for the wedding venue tomorrow morning, the wedding's Saturday afternoon, and we'll be back sometime mid-Sunday. I promise pictures when I get back, and I promise my head will be considerably more communicative. 

Dept. of Week's End

Friday, 4 May 2018 11:50 am
kaffyr: Dancing French cracked geniuses (Sometimes you need to dance)
Some Nights Just Call for Roxy Music. And Eno.

Way back in 1995, a music journalist named Rob Chapman wrote a piece on Roxy Music, entitled "They Came From Planet Bacofoil", and something reminded me of the piece, which was very good. I was pleased to see that you can still find it (without the pictures of the deliciously ridiculous early Roxy Music sartorial choices that generated the title). Here it is. 

It made me nostalgic for two ends of Roxy's musical spectrum: the dreamy sound-poems of late Roxy and early solo Bryan Ferry (when he could keep guitarist Phil Manzanera under control), and Brian Eno's early masterpieces, featuring Robert Fripp's gloriously insane work. (Actually, I love later Eno as well, but tonight I was thinking more "Baby's On Fire," to which BB introduced me so many years ago.)

So without further ado, let's start with something ... energetic: 




And then cool down with something beautifully, romantically morose.  
kaffyr: The OT3 together, before PotW (Jack and Nine and Rose)
31Title: Hearts and Moons Recall the Truth
Author: 
[personal profile] kaffyr 
Chapter: 31
Previous Chapter: 30, here or here
Characters: The Ninth Doctor/Rose Tyler/Jack Harkness
Rating: PG-13
Summary: In which there are, at long last, endings and beginnings.
Author's Note: I couldn't get it done in a decade, but 11 years seemed to be the magic time period. Thank you to everyone who stuck with this ridiculously lengthy WIP; I hope it's been worth the wait, despite 11 years of changing writing style and prowess, and undoubtedly some messed up plot points. (Too many years, and too many chapters, and perhaps not enough careful reviewing by Your Humble Author, to blame for that last.)
Many thanks to those who helped me keep at it, and who helped in many different ways. Thank you to 
[personal profile] a_phoenixdragon [personal profile] editrx  and [personal profile] ljgeoff , and always, always, always, my Best Beloved, [livejournal.com profile] dr_whuh (aka [personal profile] buckaroobob ). You are the absolute best, and I love you more than cookies. 
And of course, thanks and love to everyone I wrote about: to Luisa, Filomena, Nico, Hilda, Salvha and Jao, to David, to Pau and Laowhra, even to Inverno and the elder Bohlver. Thanks, especially, to the Doctor, Rose, and Jack, the OT3 of my heart. What shall I
 do without this story of yours to tell?  
Finally, thank you to [livejournal.com profile] cathica, whose prompt all those years ago started this journey. She's an immensely talented writer and a lovely person, and this is all because of her. Thank you!

Disclaimer: As much as I wish it were otherwise, no Whoniverse characters are mine. They belong to the BBC and their respective creators. I intend no copyright infringement and take no coin. I simply love them, and thank the BBC for letting me play in their sandbox.

******Read more... )

 

 

kaffyr: (Joe Hill)
Boo-Yah!

Tonight, when I go to my monthly union local meeting, I fully expect my emotions to be, as the subject line says, whipsawed. 

Still mourning Jerry. Many of us at the meeting will mourn him as well. But we're also celebrating this news (it's been a long time coming), and I know Jerry would be so incredibly happy to hear this news. I'm hoping he's looking down (or up, or sideways, or from That Other Dimension of Perfect Justice) and cheering. God knows, he helped get us here. 

So on his behalf? 

BOO-YAH! 

(Yes, the union election has yet to take place, but our remarkable organizers wouldn't have announced it, wouldn't have gone public with the news — or the very sophisticated pro-union Trib newsroom employee website — if we didn't have a fairly strong expectation that we'll win this one. I'm knocking wood as I say that, of course.) 

Still ... 

BOO-YAH!
kaffyr: (Hurrah!)
You Are Reading a Post from the Ex-Condo Association President

w00t!!!1!

There are some things that have to be done - getting my name off the bank account, and getting six years of records over to the new president - but that will all be done sometime in the next week or so. 

I am so very pleased!

Dept. of Success

Saturday, 22 July 2017 04:34 pm
kaffyr: (Hurrah!)
This Is What Success Looks Like ...

Under here .... )
kaffyr: She's at a typewriter; is she legal? (Are Girls Legal?)
YESS!!!!!!!!!

Sometimes we CAN have nice things. 

Here, and here



kaffyr: (Thin Man Christmas)
I. Am. On. Vacation. 

Which should give me a chance to:

1. Decorate the tree that's been standing, nude, in our livingroom for the past two days. Late start, anyone?
2. Finish my holiday cards. I got 19 out this week and if I can get the same number done tomorrow, people will get them before ... uh ... New Year's? Maybe?
3. Tell the story of Andy's tale of woe - stolen guitar, smashed car window - which then turned into an honest-to-god Christmas tale of loveliness.
4. Wrap presents.
5. Cook a goose. 
6. Write ALL THE FIC for 
[community profile] fandom_stocking . (I have a stocking up myself, and here it is, but that's not quite as important as WRITING ALL THE FIC.)

More, later, after I've decompressed into holiday cheer. Oh, and a martini

ETA: Huh. I can't get through to LJ, ("Bad Gateway") and it's not cross-posting. Anyone else seeing those problems?. 

Dept. of CUBS!!!!!

Wednesday, 2 November 2016 05:32 pm
kaffyr: (Cubs!)
Game 7, World Series, Cubs ... Armageddon?

Believe it or not, I'm actually working tonight - going to a hastily-organized Cubs-watching party in one of my towns. It means I'll be forced to look at the game, which could be fatal, but it could also provide me with a cover for next week. And, hey, it may be fun. Yes, yes, of course, it could be absolutely heart-breaking, but let's just ignore that for now. 

I'm just going to leave these two videos here, both songs by the late devoted Cubs fan Steve Goodman, one a gently snarky tribute to the team's ability to make us weep, and the other a paean to Cubs' fans boundless optimism. 

Go, Cubs!





Dept. of Game 3

Friday, 28 October 2016 07:50 pm
kaffyr: (Cubs!)
I Am Watching

I hope this isn't a bad thing. 
kaffyr: (Hurrah!)
 CUBS!! WIN!!

Dept. of Family

Sunday, 7 August 2016 07:34 pm
kaffyr: (Hurrah!)
She Said Yes.

 photo 2877627e-07c2-4a13-bca3-30fd9be73dd2_zpspsnikwbl.jpg


And I am just about as happy as my First Born. She will be wearing a ring from my great-great grandmother. 

Welcome to the family, Emily!

kaffyr: Dancing French cracked geniuses (Sometimes you need to dance)
The Weekend. Dear Lord, the Weekend

Monday: Sinead 
Tuesday: More Sinead
Wednesday: Union rep at two discipline hearings, 1 clearcut, 1 less so. Learned I'd be getting another town added to my beats, with at least 3 more beats in said town.
Thursday: Can't remember, because of Monday-Wednesday. Not enough stories written
Friday: Results of discipline hearings. Teh Suck. Not enough stories written.

BUT ... This 



Also, old-fashioned jazz, and a mimosa. 

And a very handsome husband.

Maybe things are looking up?

kaffyr: Natasha Romanov, badass (Natasha turns)
Captain America: Civil War

I'm waiting to see if my computer will successfully upgrade to Windows 10, so I'm hunting and pecking this out on the iPad. That means that this post won't be long or involved. Still, I wanted to say that my Mothers Day present was breakfast (real breakfast at a corner diner, not a "brunch") with BB, FB and Ms Emily, and then we saw "Captain America; Civil War." 

First, a side trip, to New York Times movie reviewer A.O. Scott's (I'm sure he'd prefer being called a film reviewer. Suck it, Scott) review of CA:CW. It's here if you want to read it. I read it, and ....

I don't believe I've read such an aggressively condescending review in years. It's not just what he says, it's how he says it - the "Look I really, really want all of you to understand that I didn't want to see this film movie picture, but it's how I pay the rent, and now I'm going to go back and watch "Aguirre, the Wrath of God" for the billionth time to remind myself of what I really want to see."

Dude.

I get it, you're meant for the finer things in life. But really? Did you have to pour all that refined venom into the mix?

I mean, maybe he actually hates "Aguirre, the Wrath of God," so perhaps I'm being a little harsh on him ... 

Still? 

Duuude. 

Then I realized what happened here. He didn't actually go see the movie I saw. 

Well, that cleared that up. 

Maybe tomorrow I'll have a better post about CA:CW, but for now I'll say I found it extremely well written, remarkably well paced, respectful of both its actors and its characters, and filled with very chewy ideas. 

Dept. of Woo-hoo!

Wednesday, 6 January 2016 09:25 pm
kaffyr: Snark about fanfic (Adulthood? It's fanfic)
So: [community profile] fandom_stocking 

The reason I haven't been posting over the last few days is that I descended into full on Writing For Stockings mode. I'm a dreadfully slow writer, but I actually managed eight relatively lengthy fics, did a few graphic greetings and ... and I may have time before the slightly-delayed-by-moderator-migraine Friday stocking reveal to do more. I am, for a wonder, happy!


kaffyr: A Santa cap on the TARDIS (Tardis Christmas toque)
Season's Greetings 

Now that (American) Thanksgiving has passed, I am revving up to start my Season of Reaching Out. I would love to be able to send out holiday cards at this, the darkest time of the year, to everyone who's helped brighten my year. If you'd like a card from me, please PM me with your address, and it will make me very happy to send you a card - anyone, from anywhere!

ETA: be sure to let me know if you'd like a particular kind of holiday card, or would prefer to not get any particular kind of holiday card!

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